I do believe I screwed up last Saturday when I said the first step in achieving your hopes and dreams is to write them down.
I think there are actually two steps prior to writing anything.
The first, in polite Steven Covey terms, is to begin with the end in mind.
In other words: Consider Your Death. You are going to die. Obviously so am I.
Forgive me for being so blunt in April of all times; death has been on my mind. A man of great influence on me personally died last week. I listened to this interview of Nuala O’faolain, a famous Irish author in which she talks frankly and weepingly of her impending death. And most directly relevant, I watched “Really achieving your childhood dreams” a video by a Carnegie Mellon professor who knew this would be his last ever lecture.
It’s worth taking time to think about it, at least a little, before landing on and pursuing our hopes and dreams: When we are on our death-beds, will they seem trivial, or worth the days we had? Will they be lasting and of some kind of substance, or the equivalent of soap bubbles?
Before we put a money towards our dreams, it’s worth being convinced of their death-bed value.